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Economic shocks and crime: evidence from the Brazilian trade liberalization

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This paper studies the effect of changes in economic conditions on crime. We exploit the 1990s trade liberalization in Brazil as a natural experiment generating exogenous shocks to local economies. We document that regions exposed to larger tariff reductions experienced a temporary increase in crime following liberalization. Next, we investigate through what channels the trade-induced economic shocks may have affected crime. We show that the shocks had significant effects on potential determi...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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10.1257/app.20170080

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Dix-Carneiro, R More by this author
Soares, RR More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Economics
Oxford college:
Jesus College
Publisher:
American Economic Association Publisher's website
Journal:
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics Journal website
Volume:
10
Issue:
4
Pages:
158-195
Publication date:
2018-09-25
Acceptance date:
2017-10-10
DOI:
EISSN:
1945-7790
ISSN:
1945-7782
Pubs id:
pubs:944056
URN:
uri:cd44e883-3164-4b29-a5e4-0c1f08e60362
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uuid:cd44e883-3164-4b29-a5e4-0c1f08e60362
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pubs:944056

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